Children's descriptions of their feelings and what they found helpful during bereavement

Title

Children's descriptions of their feelings and what they found helpful during bereavement

Creator

Lehna CR

Publisher

The American Journal Of Hospice & Palliative Care

Date

1995

Subject

Child; Female; Humans; Male; bereavement; Child Psychology; Nursing Methodology Research; Self-Help Groups; Preschool; Anger; sibling bereavement; Art Therapy

Description

Although clinicians have described the value of support groups in assisting children mourn the death of someone close, little is known about helping children with bereavement. By understanding what helps children mourn, nurses can better facilitate a healthy bereavement process. The purpose of this mini-ethnographic study, which used observation and participation procedures, was to identify what 16 children found helpful during their bereavement. Initially, the children's expressions of feelings were demonstrated both verbally and through art work. The patterns of the children's emotions were labeled as affective distress, somatic complaints, and for the boys, disruptive behavior. The children then described their mourning processes as being facilitated by out-of-door activity, yelling, and talking to others (e.g. God, mom, grandmother or grandfather).
1995-10

Rights

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Type

Journal Article

Citation List Month

Backlog

Citation

Lehna CR, “Children's descriptions of their feelings and what they found helpful during bereavement,” Pediatric Palliative Care Library, accessed July 20, 2024, https://pedpalascnetlibrary.omeka.net/items/show/11830.